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LEICESTER___Milton (Milt) E. Dorr, 84, of Leicester, passed away on November 14, 2006 after a prolonged illness. He will be joining Clara, his wife of 58 years who predeceased him in April 2005. He was born the son of George and Mary (Froggatt) Dorr of Worcester. Milt is also predeceased by his siblings Richard Dorr of Worcester, Dallys Cranston of Leicester, and Dorothy Favor of Orleans. He is survived by his sister Shirli Houghton of Spring Hill, FL.
Milt's memories will survive through his family of 4 daughters, 4 son-in-laws, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild: Lois and
Carl Wicklund of Leicester and their children Jared, Jesslyn, and Jonah; Nancy and Bruce Herholz of Spencer and their children Bret, Patricia, and Mathew and his wife Kristen Herholz and their daughter Isabelle Clara; Barbara and Michael Knox of Leicester and their children Jessica, Lynda, and Lindsey and her husband Mitchell Lerit; Mary and Stephen DeLeon of Fremont, CA and their son Jae.
Milton was a photo engraver for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for over 35 years. He and Clara were valued parishioners of Christ Episcopal Church in Rochdale for almost 50 years. They were recipients of the Bishop's Cross for their countless contributions of time, dedication, and friendship. He was also a member of the Lithographer and Photoengraver's Union, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, and the Combat Infantry Men's Association,
Milt served in the US Army during World War II as a proud member of the 3rd Infantry Division. He fought bravely along side his comrades in the European Theater at Anzio Beach, France, and the Liberation of Rome. He also bore witness to the horrors of the concentration camps while assisting in the supervision of the exhumation of thousands at Dachau.
He was a member of the "Greatest Generation" earning an impressive array of badges, awards and medals. Among them were 2 Purple Hearts for injuries endured in battle, 3 Bronze Stars for valor, the Silver Star for service above and beyond duty, La France La Croix de Guerre with Palms, and the Presidential Unit Citation for his courageous participation in The Battle of Potato Masher Hill in France. However, his demeanor as a war hero was always humble. He often averred, "The real heroes of that war are the ones who never returned."
But, that's how Milt was in every station of life. He was a dedicated husband, father, friend, soldier, and a gentleman. He served each role with dignity and conviction. Our country and community are better places because of him.
We are a blessed family. We cherish wood crafted memories in our kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms, constant reminders of his love and devotion, and priceless life lessons and experiences to continue an honorable legacy.
Thank you for everything we have and can pass on to our children.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, November 18 at 12:00 noon in Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. Calling hours, in the Church will precede the service from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Following cremation, burial will be at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 142, Rochdale, MA 01542. Henry-Dirsa Funeral Service, 33 Ward St. Worcester is directing the arrangements.